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566 days have passed since the Salisbury incident - no credible information or response from the British authorities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     558 days have passed since the death of Nikolay Glushkov on British soil - no credible information or response from the British authorities



Statement by Chargé d'Affaires of the Russian Federation Dmitry Polyanskiy at the UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East

Mr. President,

We thank UN Special Coordinator Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov for his report on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Let me also welcome Mr. Krzysztof Szczerski in your capacity of the Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland.

The Middle East is at the core of global politics. The region is engulfed in many crises – the old and the new ones. Russia keeps close track of the latest developments, because we are bound with the States of the region by years of mutually beneficial relations based on trust, cooperation and shared interests.

We are concerned by the remaining tension in Palestine-Israeli settlement. The process is getting even more complicated because of the ongoing settlement activity by Israel and the situation in and around Gaza.

Against this backdrop, it becomes clear that any unilateral action will not bring us closer to the resolution of the old and the new problems of the region. What is the most dangerous is the situation where some UN Member States attempt to outlaw governments of other Member States. It is obvious for us, just like for the majority of our partners, that the only way out is connection of regional and international efforts under the central role of the UN and its Security Council. This should be the starting point for whatever efforts and initiatives.

A month ago, U.S. Special Representative for the Middle East Jason Greenblatt spoke in this chamber and his statement is still fresh in our mind. Let me be frank: we are quite alarmed by speeches saying that it is useless to look for compromise for the Middle East at the United Nations and that corresponding resolutions are worthless. To take course at crushing everything that has been done in order to create an independent Palestinian State living in peace with Israel can entail the most devastating effects for the entire region and will only help radicalize the “Arab street”. In light of claims of our American colleagues about the need to “rethink and abandon the old solutions” of the United Nations regarding the Middle East, let us remind that it was UN General Assembly resolution 181 that established the State of Israel. Israel’s declaration of Independence refers to this resolution. How far is the U.S. ready to go in reconsidering “the old and useless” decisions?

On our part, we are convinced that unilateral action alongside with ignoring the international law can bring no result. They erode prospects for equitable and sustainable settlement of the long-standing Palestine-Israeli problem. We advocate for engagement of the international “Quartet” of mediators, as it is a unique mechanism to maintain the Middle East settlement that has been endorsed by Security Council resolutions.

Mr. President,

Russia adds to promotion of the whole package related to the Middle Eastern settlement, i.a. we stand ready to provide venue for potential meeting without any preconditions of Israel’s and Palestine’s leaders. We also make efforts to restore inter-Palestinian unity and welcome steps made by our Egyptian colleagues at this track.

Therefore, time has long become ripe to deploy a Security Council mission in the Middle East. It should seek to enhance trust and help launch negotiations between the sides, prevent collapse of efforts made by the global community in order to implement the only viable settlement that is based on the international legal fundament. This basis was developed by the Security Council and it is the Council that should be able to revise it. No unilateral steps can change the key principles: two-state solution, the Madrid principles, the Arab peace initiative, and the status of occupied territories, including the Syrian Golans.

We set forth our assistance to the UNRWA, whose activity has both a humanitarian and a political dimension, produces a stabilizing impact on the Palestinian territories and countries in the Middle East.

All final status issues, including Jerusalem, fundamental security questions, refugees should result from direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. Search for common ground on these sensitive topics during direct negotiations will be key to their sustainability in the future.

Mr. President,

We consistently call upon all the interested stakeholders to take steps towards de-escalation and settlement in the Persian Gulf to be achieved by political and diplomatic tools. Increase of military presence, i.a. by non-regional States, creates risks of a military clash. This crisis endangers peace and stability in the Middle East, as well as the global efforts aimed at settlement of regional conflicts. What becomes even more pressing is the need to develop a sustainable collective security mechanism for the region on the basis of equitable dialogue and cooperation. The relevant Russian initiative is designed to lead conflict situations out of a stalemate and build confidence and control measures.

We should continue efforts to eradicate terrorist presence in the countries of the region. We call upon all reasonable forces to unite at this platform given respect for the UN Charter, relevant decisions of the Security Council, sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, rejection of double standards. We insist that these principles must be upheld with respect to all countries that have faced the terrorist evil: Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen.

Mr. President,

I cannot fail to mention that we are concerned by the UAV incident that happened on 25 August in the skies above the Lebanese capital. Reportedly, those were Israel’s reconnaissance drones. What exacerbates the situation is Israel launching random bomb strikes against targets in adjacent Syria. The latest attack was launched past weekend on the military facility in the vicinity of Damascus.

On our part, we have repeatedly stated that such action was dangerous given the regional environment that escalated almost to a breaking point. We also warned that such action may lead to a large-scale armed conflict with the most unpredictable aftereffects. We once again call upon all sides to remain reserved and stick to the international law, including corresponding UN Security Council resolutions. In this context, we reiterate our commitment to sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and stability of Lebanon.

We emphasize the important role of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, the mandate of which we are about to extend soon. Peacekeepers’ activity has a stabilizing effect both on the “Blue Line” and the area within the Lebanese Republic, as well as the Middle East at large.  

Russia will help stabilize the situation in the Middle East. We stand ready to interact with all interested stakeholders. We invite everyone to join the collective work.

Thank you.



17.09.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on attack against oil infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia

According to media reports, a large-scale drone attack was launched in the early hours of September 14 against oil refineries of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company Saudi Aramco near the cities of Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern part of the Kingdom. The Houthi Ansar Allah movement, now fighting against forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Arabian Coalition supporting him in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

17.09.2019 - Joint Statement by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of Turkey

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran H.E. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gathered in Ankara on 16 September 2019 for a Tripartite Summit.

12.09.2019 - Press release by Russian MFA on the Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Moscow has taken note of the Arab countries’ highly negative reaction to the statement made by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu regarding his intention to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley. We share concerns over these Israeli plans, the implementation of which can lead to a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region and undermine hopes for a long awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours.

12.09.2019 - Embassy comment on the state of the investigation into the death of Nikolay Glushkov

12 September 2019 marks exactly one year and half since Russian national Nikolay Glushkov was murdered in London under mysterious circumstances. We regret to state that the British side has failed to provide any meaningful reply to our numerous enquiries. Since April 2018 the Home Office has been ignoring the official request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance over Russia’s own criminal case into the death of Nikolay Glushkov. The British authorities have also been silent regarding the Embassy’s repeated proposals to arrange a meeting between the Russian Ambassador and the Met Police Commissioner or hold law-enforcement experts’ bilateral contacts.

12.09.2019 - Wizz Air UK to launch new services to Moscow and St Petersburg

The UK-based airline Wizz Air UK has announced that it will launch two new services from its London Luton base to Russia’s Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow and Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg. Both routes will commence on 1 October 2019 and operate daily.

11.09.2019 - Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov`s interview to the National Institute of Information of Suriname, September 11, 2019

Sergey Lavrov: It is true, the relations between Suriname and Russia have gained new momentum in the recent years. A number of landmark events contributed to it: the first-ever visit of Yildiz Pollack-Beighle, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname, to Russia in October 2017, and the signing of two fundamental instruments establishing framework for our bilateral cooperation; I refer to the Agreement on Basic Principles of Relations and the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Conditions for Waiving Visa Formalities in the Mutual Visits of the Citizens of our countries. We regard Suriname as an important partner in developing multifaceted cooperation with the States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). We aim at enhancing cooperation with this subregion in such priority areas as facilitating sustainable development, providing assistance in disaster response, training of diplomatic, law-enforcement, and emergency services officials of the Caribbean States, increasing educational, tourist, cultural, humanitarian and sport exchanges, promoting economic initiatives.

08.09.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the exchange of prisoners held in custody in Russia and Ukraine

We view the agreed reciprocal release of persons held in custody on the territories of Russia and Ukraine as a positive signal to be followed by other important steps to overcome the current deadlock in Russia-Ukraine relations and in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. It was made possible by fulfilling the agreements reached personally by the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. Unlike its predecessors, Vladimir Zelensky’s administration showed a reasonable approach and readiness to compromise. We hope this step will create a positive background for substantive work within the Minsk Contact Group and in the Normandy format.

06.09.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the MIC Izvestia multimedia information centre Vladivostok, September 4, 2019

I would say that international relations continue to get steadily worse. It is a process that cannot be stopped yet. You see how our American colleagues along with their closest, most loyal allies are actually aiming to undermine the entire international legal system that developed after the Second World War, including the strategic stability and arms control agreements reached over the past decades. In the early 2000s, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was unilaterally terminated. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has just fallen apart, and it is not clear whether the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3 or New START) will get extended. In general, the international law institutions that were created after the Second World War and developed on the basis of universal agreements are now undergoing the most severe trials. The very term “international law” is used less and less often by our Western colleagues. They prefer to talk about some “rule-based order.” As practice shows, they invent these rules on the spot to suit their current needs and try to convince everyone else that these are multilateral decisions that everyone must follow.

04.09.2019 - Embassy comment on the situation concerning the Salisbury incident with Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal

18 months have now passed since the mysterious incident in Salisbury. Despite our numerous appeals to the British side for transparency of the investigation, access to the affected Russian nationals, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and substantive cooperation to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident, no clear answer has been received. More than 80 Notes Verbales sent to the Foreign Office and the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance have been ignored so far. We would like to recall just a few of critical points that make the political version voiced right after the incident untrustworthy.

04.09.2019 - Joint statement following the 20th India-Russia annual summit ”Reaching new heights of cooperation through trust and partnership“

At the jubilee 20th Annual Summit, both leaders noted progressive development of the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia. These relations are unique, confiding and mutually beneficial by nature, encompassing all possible areas of cooperation. They are based on similar civilizational values, time-tested friendship, mutual understanding, trust, common interests and proximity of approaches to the fundamental issues of development and economic progress. Regular meetings of the leaders of the States, including those on the sidelines of various international fora and growing momentum of bilateral contacts at all levels are a vivid proof of this Partnership.

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